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dc.contributor.authorRing, Nicola Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorJepson, Ruthen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRitchie, Karenen_UK
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVES Synthesizing qualitative research is an important means of ensuring the needs, preferences, and experiences of patients are taken into account by service providers and policy makers, but the range of methods available can appear confusing. This study presents the methods for synthesizing qualitative research most used in health research to-date and, specifically those with a potential role in health technology assessment. METHODS To identify reviews conducted using the eight main methods for synthesizing qualitative studies, nine electronic databases were searched using key terms including meta-ethnography and synthesis. A summary table groups the identified reviews by their use of the eight methods, highlighting the methods used most generally and specifically in relation to health technology assessment topics. RESULTS Although there is debate about how best to identify and quality appraise qualitative research for synthesis, 107 reviews were identified using one of the eight main methods. Four methods (meta-ethnography, meta-study, meta-summary, and thematic synthesis) have been most widely used and have a role within health technology assessment. Meta-ethnography is the leading method for synthesizing qualitative health research. Thematic synthesis is also useful for integrating qualitative and quantitative findings. Four other methods (critical interpretive synthesis, grounded theory synthesis, meta-interpretation, and cross-case analysis) have been under-used in health research and their potential in health technology assessments is currently under-developed. CONCLUSIONS Synthesizing individual qualitative studies has becoming increasingly common in recent years. Although this is still an emerging research discipline such an approach is one means of promoting the patient-centeredness of health technology assessments.en_UK
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_UK
dc.relationRing NA, Jepson R & Ritchie K (2011) Methods of synthesizing qualitative research studies for health technology assessment. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 27 (4), pp. 384-390.
dc.rightsPublisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, Volume 27, Issue 04, October 2011, pp 384-390. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2011. The original publication is available at DOI:
dc.subjectQualitative researchen_UK
dc.subjectPatient-centered careen_UK
dc.subjectReview literatureen_UK
dc.subjectHealth technology assessmenten_UK
dc.titleMethods of synthesizing qualitative research studies for health technology assessmenten_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Careen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Stirlingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNHS Quality Improvement Scotlanden_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorRing, Nicola A|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorJepson, Ruth|0000-0002-9446-445Xen_UK
local.rioxx.authorRitchie, Karen|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameRing et al_IJTAHC_2011.pdfen_UK
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